Gold Fundamental Forecast: Neutral
Gold prices seemed like they were about to shoot for the stars last week as fears of
escalating geopolitical tensions around Syria ignited risk aversion
. Stocks sank and the relatively higher-yielding US Dollar fell, fueling demand for the anti-fiat yellow metal. However, this trading dynamic quickly reversed, and by Thursday gold gave up its gains from the day before. Cooling Syria conflict tensions and hawkish FOMC meeting minutes helped contribute to this.
The week ahead looks to be lighter in terms of economic statistics. The major standout being March’s US retail sales figures that are due on Tuesday. There, consumer spending is expected to increase for the first time in two months by 0.4% m/m. However, data out of the country has been falling short relative to economists’ expectations as of late. A downside surprise may boost gold if the US Dollar declines as a result.
Central bank-wise, we have a plethora of speeches from Fed policymakers that may fuel US Dollar volatility and thereby impacting gold. San Francisco Fed President John Williams, who was announced to replace New York President William Dudley, will speak on Tuesday. The latter will also present one on Wednesday shortly after the release the Fed Beige Book. An upbeat survey of regional economic conditions that echo the optimistic tone from last week’s FOMC minutes may hurt the precious metal in the near term.
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As far as political developments go, keep an eye out for how Mr. Trump chooses to respond on Syria. Last week, he had yet to make a final decision on it. In addition, he will be meeting with Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Tuesday to discuss topics such as North Korea and US import tariffs on metal. At the moment, Japan is temporarily exempted from them. If more positive developments here improve sentiment and potentially the US Dollar, gold may sink.